Why Going Glamping in the Wahiba Sands in a Must
Glamping is one of the best ways to enjoy Oman‘s varied natural landscape – from the desert dunes to the rugged mountains – without the hassle of pitching your tent. The best to indulge in some insta friendly luxury camping is in the Wahiba Sands and as is customary across the region, many of these glamping sites come with five-star extras, like restaurants, plush living quarters, fire pits, BBQs to name a few.
Particularly with the winter weather upon us, there’s no better time to go on an outdoor adventure. From desert glamping getaways to camping under the stars to luxurious desert resorts, if you’re not quite ready to try camping yet, but still want all those dreamy desert vibes, there’s loads out there to experience in the Wahiba Sands.
You may set out on your own desert camping expedition wherein you can pitch up a tent accompanied by an experienced guide if you so wish but if you’re looking to enjoy some glamping experiences in the Wahiba Sands in style then you can opt for booking a glamping experience through Arabian Nights Resort and Spa and choose from one of the many pop-up sites in the desert. With a cosy set-up seemingly made with glamour, luxury and romance in mind, these options are a far cry from rugged DIY camps while still offering the quintessential desert camping experience.
With Arabian Nights Resort and Spa a 27 km ride from Bidiyah and the resort set furthest within the desert, the camping options are further into the dunes deep in the Wahiba Sands. In fact if visitors have the time they can even opt for crossing the desert and heading to the Arabian sea for a glamping stay there which is a further two and a half hour or 200 km drive to go camping by sea. Regardless of where you set up one can expect to see miles and miles of uninhabited sand, as well as very little light pollution, making it a great stargazing opportunity. For perfect sand-dune vistas under an inky star-filled sky, at the Al Sharqiya desert trying a Bedouin style Night Camping Experience is a must. Get set to sleep in Bedouin-style tents deep among the dunes at Camp – you'll reach the location via camel transfer or 4x4 drop-off. Just about all options include meals as your camp may be the only option around.,
Along with comfortable tent style accommodation with attached bathrooms and extras like games, as well as a barbecue and all its accoutrements. This is next-level camping with a welcome majlis area stocked with Arabic coffee and dates, exclusive tented rooms overlooking the dunes and authentic Omani or international dining. Nature walks, desert adventures, and sundowners atop dunes can be arranged, and as a chill sets in at nightfall, a warm bonfire is lit. There is usually the option for desert activities like sand skiing and camel rides along with live entertainment. You can also try your hand at sandboarding or head out on a dune bashing drive.
By opting for glamping with Arabian Nights Resort and Spa – treat yourself to an opulent desert-camping experience has got a serious gastronomic bent. Here you can dine on a specially created menu by chef which could include anything from Norwegian fusion to an Arabian barbecue – and while away time with inhouse entertainment and activities such as fire shows and stargazing, and plenty of games to keep kids busy, too. When it’s time to bed down – retire to the cushy comfort of the nomadic-style tents here and snuggle up with soft blankets in the luxurious bedding with the minimal yet chic tents with natural textiles in creamy hues.
This Bedouin-inspired setup surrounded by desertscape far in the desert is peppered with the tent-like traditional abodes of the region’s nomads. Tent-like being the keyword, as while these tents may look rustic but on the inside they feature large beds, with plush textiles and furnishing along with bathrooms with the option of gravity fed showers. Also on offer are housekeeping and customised experiences, so you can rest assured this goes well beyond camping trips from your childhood. You’re not roughing it beyond your space either, with cosy majlis set up to welcome guests with Omani cuisine and the option for live music and entertainment. Explore the surroundings on safari – 4×4 or camel – by fat bike or while sand-boarding. All the adventures appear altogether more appealing when there is the possibility of a nice hot shower waiting for you back at the camp.
Designed with desert adventures and budding glampers in mind, guests will find spaces fitted with all the amenities they could require for their stay. Communal areas will offer spaces for guests to meet and mingle, from community spaces to more private affairs, where a bonfire and larger BBQ experience await.
Need we go on regarding why you should be planning a glamping vacation with Arabian Nights Resort and Spa.